Did Tyrannosaurus rexes really look like that?
Courtesy Stuart Sumida
That’s why Inverse asked paleontologist and movie consultant Stuart Sumida to help separate fact from fiction in 10 pieces of dinosaur art.
Sumida thinks the texture and shapes of the dinosaurs seem fair in this image — except for T. rex’s bent knee.
We know from studies on T. rex’s walk that its knee joints wouldn’t be able to fold up like this.
These pterosaurs — which are actually reptiles, not dinosaurs — seem to be in the right habitat.
The shape of their bodies also makes sense, says Sumida. Except for one thing...
One pterosaur is flapping its wings rather oddly.
Instead of bending them in the middle — as birds do — it’s moving its wings up and down like pieces of stiff cardboard.
And wait — what’s that?
A lonely sauropod sits on the shores of this island without any clear indication of how it got there.
The dinosaurs themselves look realistic, Sumida says — the placement of their plates and the fact that their tails hover above the ground seems accurate, for example.
But it’s hard to overlook the fact that Stegosauruses were alive in the Jurassic period, and grass wasn’t around until the Cretaceous.